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Health Care for the Undocumented Complicated by Cost Questions

In a California Healthline report by Ali Budner, experts discussed the possible pitfalls and promise of SB 4, a recently introduced legislative bill that would provide health coverage to the uninsured. The effort comes on the heels of two major shifts in low-income programs — the expansion of Medi-Cal to include millions more Californians, and the recent federal executive action that extends temporary work status and other benefits to millions of the undocumented immigrants in America, including the roughly 1.5 million undocumented in California.

The report includes comments from:

  • Elizabeth Landsberg, director of legislative advocacy at the Western Center on Law and Poverty;
  • H.D. Palmer, deputy director for the state Department of Finance;
  • Nadereh Pourat, director of research at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research; and
  • Darwin Velasquez, an undocumented college student living in the Bay Area (Budner, California Healthline, 02/11/15).

You can download a PDF of this report.

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